Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Koi and Creativity...
It's been awhile since I've shared any photos of the Koi Boys, in The Pond (see how much they've grown). They are so big and bright and beautiful... I spent some time this past weekend studying them after having the urge to attempt another Koi watercolor.
I wasn't satisfied with the one I did in class last year... and it's taken awhile for me to work up the courage to attempt the water... and the fish UNDER water again. I love how the shadows and reflections of the water show the graceful movement of the fish... oh, to be able to convey that on paper...
I have never thought of myself as a "creative" person... more of a math and science kind of gal here... But, I have always loved color and texture and scent... and in the past few years, I have loved working with the beautiful variety of yarns... and the interactive magic of watercolor. I still wouldn't necessarily refer to myself as creative, but I recognize a process of brooding and fertile dormancy before I push out something... a garment or a painting... and I wonder... is that what they call the creative process?
Whatever it is, I seem to labor on it in my mind long before I see any physical manifestation... Maybe it is the math and science part of myself needing an equation. LOL! I am brooding over these fish right now!! =)
One of my friends, Annette, who does beautiful watercolors (so sorry, she doesn't blog) sent me a link to find these instructional videos by Soon Y. Warren. Can you say "perfect timing"? I am so excited to have these to help me figure out the water! Thank you, Annette!
And, speaking of creativity and art, I was most fortunate to win Catherine Holman's contest for naming her latest painting, Chimney Smoke and Cheery Snow Folk. Please stop over and say hi to Catherine at Catherine Holman Folk Art. I know this will become a Christmastime favorite!! Thank you, Catherine!!
"Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better."
~ Samuel Beckett
I hope your creative process is brooding along... or churning out... or starting over... just as it is meant to be...
blessings ~ tanna